If the judge grants your temporary restraining order or an order for a hearing, the clerk will give you back the original papers along with some extra copies. You will need to ask a State Marshal to deliver (or serve) a copy of these papers on the other person. The marshal will serve the papers for free. There is a list of marshals online or the court clerk can give you a list.
It is very important that you fill out the Restraining Order Service Respondent Profile (SMC-2) mentioned in Step 1. This form tells the marshal what the person looks like, where and what hours they work, the places they visit regularly, what kind of car they drive, and if they have weapons. It is important that you give detailed information about the other person so the marshal can find them and give them the restraining order. If you have a photograph of the other party, bring it with you to show the marshal. You will need to have the marshal serve the papers on the other person not less than 3 days before the hearing date.
If the other person has guns, there will be a hearing within 7 days from when the judge signs the order.
If the other person does not have guns, there will be a hearing within 14 days from when the judge signs the order.
Important: You must have the marshal serve the papers on other person. If you don’t have the other person served and they don’t have notice of the hearing, the case won’t be able to proceed on the hearing date. If this happens, ask the court what you should do next.